• The spirit of giving was alive and well in the Southern Tier this past Advent and Christmas season, thanks to numerous Catholic-based initiatives supporting charitable causes.

    <p>Sue (from left), Dan and Molly O'Connell deliver a Christmas basket to a home in Elmira Dec. 16. The Christmas-basket project was a joint effort of all of Elmira's Catholic parishes. (Photos by Rick Bacmanski)</p>
  • Ellen Keough’s new acquaintances in recent years have included an older, homebound woman who was new to the Tioga County area, and another woman who was in hospice care.

    <p>Jack Gromniak (from left), Tom Reichold and Barb Frauenhofer attend a meeting of Stephen ministers Oct. 4 at St. Patrick Church in Owego.  </p>

    Jack Gromniak (from left), Tom Reichold and Barb Frauenhofer attend a meeting of Stephen ministers Oct. 4 at St. Patrick Church in Owego.